Our topic this half term is ‘Summer Fun!’ We will be taking part in learning based on lots of summer activities. We will start off in week one with “My Money Week”. During this week we will be taking part in lots of fun money activities. We will continue learning topical vocabulary (including Makaton signs). We have lots of fun attention circles planned linked to our topic and the children will be working together to make things for our class displays which will be ‘summer fun’ and we will continue to add photos to our ‘community visit’ board. The children all enjoy looking at the pictures and remembering all of our fun trips.
We are lucky to have some fun trips to look forward to. Week one is a busy week with three outings! We will visit a play park in Epsom, a whole day trip to Swanley Park which has a fab splash pool, and we return for our second half term at the RDA for horse riding. The following weeks we will visit a café to buy an ice cream, spend a whole day on a trip to the seaside, visit Epsom Downs to fly kites and also visit the Stepping Stones at Box Hill.
Caterpillar class will be continuing their sessions with Julie from ‘Boogie Beat’ on a Friday morning with music and action songs. Our collection of songs that we all enjoy is growing and everyone joins in with the singing which is so lovely to be part of.
We will be continuing with our phonics sessions linked to sounds and letters during Literacy as well as using the Reading Eggs program on the iPad to learn different letters and sounds. The children will also continue working on their CVC words. In the library the children will be sharing books with an adult and enjoying story sacks based on our topic. We also have some lovely topic books and stories to read and watch on the interactive whiteboard.
Our PE sessions this term include horse riding off site. The children were amazing last half term, and their confidence is growing more every session. We will learn to be around the horses and care for them as well as building our confidence and core strength riding them. We will also continue our PE/OT sessions developing fine and gross motor skills and our dance sessions with Akedemi dance on Wednesday afternoons.
During Numeracy we will be looking at money and continuing with our numbers. We will also be taking part in number games and playing games with dice. In Science we will be taking part in floating and sinking activities, growing sunflowers and exploring hot and cold foods.
As part of their creative development, children will be making a variety of different craft activities that will tie in with our summer topic. We will make paper boats, kites, decorate sunhats to take to the beach, create some coloured sand bottles and lots of beach artwork for our topic display. In cooking we will be making fruit kebabs, ice lollies, sandcastle cheesecakes, pizza pinwheels, trifles and beachball biscuits. ‘Food is Fun’ will continue on Thursday afternoons with an alternative food sensory fun session for some pupils. PECs and fine motor sessions will continue, led by our therapy team.
Caterpillar class are learning to be independent when moving around school. We will be continuing with personal care where the children will be encouraged to independently brush their teeth and wash their faces. They will be encouraged to find and put away their own property. Our Jigsaw PSHE topic this half term is ‘changing me’ and we will be looking at how we can keep our bodies healthy and learning about growing up. We will also be continuing with our PSHE targets. The children will be focussing on how to greet our peers appropriately during a structured morning hello session and participating in a goodbye circle at the end of the day.
Caterpillar Class are looking forward to a fun filled half term!!